Rim country has many quaint shops for the antique hound. Those who have a particular fondness for cowboy artifacts and Western treasures will enjoy what the area has to offer. Yet some stores carry the kind of antiques you'd think were only available on the East Coast or Europe, not northern Arizona.
There are more than a dozen antique and gift shops in Payson and Pine, and enough interest and local cash flow to support them. Locals as well as tourists frequent these pockets of bygone eras and keep the dealers scouting for bargains.
Here are just a few examples of those stores:
Big Bear Antiques at 422 S. Beeline Highway carries antiques, cowboy and Indian goods among other things.
"We carry many Indian wares and southwest items," owner Tami McCloud said, pointing to a case of jewelry and a row of Kachina dolls.
The store also has a selection of Hall china from Ohio that was made around the 1930s.
"I have an addiction to stoneware," McCloud said.
An antique commercial coffee grinder will catch your eye as you walk through the door, as well as an Indian doll, named Joe, who keeps guard over the store.
The Carpenter's Wife, located at 112 W. Wade Lane, has 16 rooms of antiques and collectables. The store seems endless as you make your way through the maze of rooms.
The stores collection of Blakely plates and cups are one of its hottest items. Blakely was a gas station chain in the 1950s. Buying over 8 gallons of gas got customers a free plate. The plate motifs are Arizona themes such as cacti.
Mountain Air Gifts & Furnishings, in the heart of Payson's historic Main Street, focuses on Payson souvenirs that are affordable, yet unique and quality items.
"We carry country, lodge and Western-themed items," owner Karen Christensen said.
"And we have Christmas ornaments year-round."
Mountain Air has several Western Christmas tree ornaments and will soon have an even bigger selection, including cowboy-themed ornaments made of leather.
Just down the road, Somewhere in Time Antiques & Collectables at 503 W. Main Street, has several rooms devoted to different types of antiques.
One of the collectables they are noted for is cookie jars. The store boasts an inventory of 133 cookie jars, including some made by McCoy.
Somewhere in Time also carries antique furniture, books, dolls, pictures and more.
The Cottage, at 408 W. Main Street, carries cottage-style home decor, candles, dried flowers and giftware.
"This is a very feminine store," owner Sherri Gray said. "I like to carry unique items that you can't find anywhere else in town."
At the back of The Cottage is a candle room that is filled with a selection of scented candles to make your house or office smell delicious.
Set aside plenty of time for Granny's Attic Antiques & Collectables. Located at 800 E. Highway 260, Granny's Attic has several rooms stocked with everything from linens to dolls to books. A few items that stand out as you enter the store are a slot machine from 1938 and a cash register from 1910.
Granny's Attic also has a selection of antique fishing lures and a few old bamboo poles.
China, sewing machines, books, old pictures -- whatever your collecting passion, it can probably be found inside Granny's Attic.
The Family Mercantile Country and English Store, at 600 E. Highway 260, is loaded with treasures ranging from elegant picture frames to country-style goodies for the home. Family Mercantile has gifts for everyone.
Payson's neighbor to the north, Pine also has several stores to hunt for the perfect antique, collectable or treasure.
Pine Country Gifts and Pine-Berry Antiques on Highway 87, is a mini-mall that sells primitives, kitchen memorabilia, country decor, furniture, toys, baskets, linens, glass and many kinds of collectables.
Silly Willy's Gold Gifts and Goodies, located at 3617 N. Highway 87, features gold nugget jewelry and snow globes full of 24-carat gold and glycerin. To get a flavor of the Old West, visitors can actually try gold panning and take home what they get, which may be fool's gold, garnet or real gold.
Tymeless Antiques and Treasures, at 3716 N. Prince Drive (at Hardscrabble Road), has an inventory of antiques from different dealers. Shoppers can enjoy a selection of furniture, primitives, glass, dolls, toys and memorabilia.
Moose Mountain, located at 6264-A W. Hardscrabble Road, features pine-country cabin accents and gifts. Mountain home decor is their theme, featuring rustic benches, end tables, chairs and lamps. They also have wood carvings, bear and moose gift items and stuffed animals.
Linda Hoff owns both The Bondurant House and The Brass Ring.
The Bondurant House offers country gifts, including kitchen items, quilts, pillows, furniture and gourmet treats such as jams and coffee.
Once a month and on special occasions, Hoff opens up a barn full of antiques that is located behind The Bondurant House to shoppers. But The Brass Ring is another option for antiques if the barn is not open.
"The Brass Ring is my other store," Hoff said, "which has items from 10 antique dealers. The store has a variety of antiques and collectables."
Visitors can find a pamphlet called "Payson/Pine Antiques and Collectables" at many of the shops mentioned above and at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce in Payson. The pamphlet provides a list of some of the shops, along with a map.
Where to find a treasure
Big Bear Enterprises
422 S. Beeline Highway, Payson, 474-5015
Bondurant House, The
3879 N. Az Highway 87, Pine, 476-3542
Brass Ring, The
300 W. Hardscrabble Rd., Pine, 476-3415
Carpenter's Wife, The
112 W. Wade, Payson, 472-7343
408 W. Main Street, Payson, 468-8767
Eagle's Nest Art Gallery and Healing Center
216 W. Main Street, Payson, 468-6021
Family Mercantile Country and English Store
600 E. Highway 260, Payson, in Mario's Borgata, 474-3112
Granny's Attic Antique Mart
800 E. Highway 260, Payson, 474-3962
Moose Mountain Antiques and Collectibles
4154 N. Highway 87, Pine, 476-3175
Mountain Air Gifts & Furnishings
605 West Main Street, Payson, 474-4060
4010 N. Highway 87, Pine, 476-2256
3716 N. Prince Dr., Unit C (at Prince & Hardscrabble), Pine, 476-4602
1001 S. Beeline Highway, Payson (next to Knotty Pine Cafe), 474-8988
Payson Candle Factory
620 N. Beeline Highway, Payson, 474-2152
Pine Art & Antiques
4010 N. Highway 87, Pine, 476-2429
3972 N. Highway 87, Pine, 476-3700
Pine Country Gifts & Pine-Berry Antiques
Highway 87, south of the Texaco station, Pine, 476-2219
Pioneer Village Trading Post
1117 N. Beeline Highway, 474-3911
Red Door, The
1113 N. Beeline Highway, Payson, 474-5596
Reno Creek Trading Post
Downtown Punkin Center, 12 miles east on Highway 188 on the left, adjacent to the Saloon & Steakhouse, 479-2700
Rim Country Kids
201 W. Main Street, Payson, 472-8947
Rim Forest Relics and The Basketcase
513 S. Beeline Highway, 474-9567
Silly Willie's Gold Gifts & Goodies
3617 N. Highway 87, Pine, 476-3111
Somewhere in Time
503 W. Main Street, Suite C, Payson, 474-1996
614 S. Beeline Highway, 474-2866
Tymeless Treasures & Antiques
3716 N. Prince Dr., Unit A (at Prince & Hardscrabble), Pine, 476-4618